Parade of new blooms continues…

March 22, 2008

Just a few more new bloomers in the garden...thrift, Phlox subulata 'Emerald Blue', an iris I planted this past fall called 'Orange Glaze''s certainly yummy. Hellebore 'Corsican Green" is putting on tons of new flowers. The purple smoke tree is just starting to leaf out. The leaves are such a stunning crimson color. Lovely fragrant little jonquil, Narcissus 'Baby Sun'. Tiny Iris reticulata popping up next to some grape hyacinth in the lawn. More to come...

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Veggie bed update…

March 22, 2008

Ok, got the rest of the new veggie beds anchored and filled today. Planted potatoes and sweet corn.

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Peachy Keen…

March 16, 2008

The ornamental peaches 'Peppermint' are blooming. I planted three of them last summer. So they're still small, but they have lots of blooms. The flowers are double and are mixed white, white/reddish pink stripes and red. Pretty! Also got the first flower on the 'Ranger' fruiting peach I espaliered on the back fence.
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Spring bloomers update…

March 16, 2008

As it warms up, the garden is really starting to pop (as are the weeds....)
I usually plant mid- to late- blooming daffodils, so they are just now starting to come into bloom. 'Thalia' my favorite white triandrus narcissus has just put out its first two blooms. They are also fragrant. 'Tete a Tete' is a great little fragrant jonquil. I love working edibles into the ornamental garden for the cool season. Curled parsley, bronze fennel and Swiss chard are great for this - and you get to harvest. Summer snowflake, Leucojum aestivum, is in full bloom. Anemone 'Mr. Fokker' is blooming in a few places in the garden as well.
















Sucker for Poppies…

March 16, 2008

I'm a sucker for Iceland Poppies. But you know, they so pull their weight in the spring garden. And you get the most lovely photos. Here in Texas, plant them in the fall and they'll bloom gangbusters for you in spring. Just a few new photos from today.



Oh my back hurts….

March 16, 2008

Ok, let the veggie garden expansion project begin. Yesterday we build three new 6'x12"x12' new raised cedar beds for the veggie garden. I got one of them anchored in the ground, weed barrier in and filled with soil. Still have to decide exactly how I want to situate the other two and anchor them in. More soil to be delivered for those beds next week. Cleaned out the old beds and got a few transplants of tomatoes, peppers and herbs in. Started seeds of the tomato, eggplant, lettuce, summer squash and peppers I'm testing for the mag. In addition to the already built new beds, I'll still need to build a few smaller ones to balance out the garden, plus add some pretty containers. I have an above ground irrigation system I built for the garden, so I'll have to add a couple of zones and run it to the new beds as well. Not an immediate need, but I'll have to get that done before it gets too warm. Then finish off the pathways around all the new beds as well, which is a time consuming project in itself. whew... (oh, and ignore all those weeds in the yard...they aren't really there. really. just a figment of your imagination...) Oh, by the way, I use a combination of organic compost, humus and high quality topsoil for my soil mix for the beds.

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And then there was snow…

March 7, 2008

So spring happened...and then snow happened....and then tomorrow is supposed to be sunny and 70 degrees...ya gotta love Tejas....

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Organic Gardening Magazine

March 5, 2008

FYI, starting this year I'll be a test gardener for OG magazine. How fun! Veggies mostly. Of course OG gets dibs on results so be sure to check out their online blog and magazine. I'm hoping I get to eat lots of extra goodies as a result...  smile

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